A woman claims she was questioned about her relationship status during a job interview to make sure she would not be & # 39; distracted & # 39; from her work.
Francesca Baker, a writer from Kent, was stunned when the female HR director of the company, whom she had not mentioned, asked her if she was married or single and if she had children.
When she questioned the employer's reasoning, she claimed that she had been told she should know her & # 39; s obligations & # 39; were to check if they would not be & # 39; derived from the company & # 39 ;.
Francesca shared her experience on Twitter, where it caused outrage among users – many calling her to name the organization and to be ashamed.
Francesca Baker, a writer from Kent, was stunned when the female HR director of a company she had not mentioned asked her during an interview if she was married or single and had children
On Monday she tweeted: & # 39; I just had a call for a new job. They asked my relationship status, whether I am married or single. I asked why? "Francesca, this is an online world and we need to know what your obligations are and whether you are in a relationship and not being distracted from our company." Red flag? & # 39;
Since then, her tweet has more than 1,000 retweets and 13.3K likes, as well as dozens of responses.
In the thread, Francesca revealed that she was also directly asked if she had children, and expressed her confusion because it was a & # 39; home-based role & # 39; which suggested that it entailed a certain flexibility.
She said she refused to answer their personal questions and withdrew her application, followed by & # 39; an irritated and explanatory email & # 39 ;.
When Francesca questioned the employer's reasoning, she claimed that she had been told she should know her & # 39; s obligations & # 39; to check if they were not & # 39; derived & # 39; would be the business.
Since then, her tweet has reached more than 1,000 retweets and 13.2K likes, as well as dozens of responses
Although the HR director who interviewed her has not yet responded, Francesca said the people who advertise the role told her they would look at it.
She added: & # 39; I think they were shocked that I had challenged them too! & # 39;
Of course, many who responded to Francesca's thread shared gifs with red flags, while some made comments about the legality of the questions asked.
& # 39; Marital status is a protected feature and questions about this during an interview are illegal … the same applies to the allusion to & # 39; if you have children & # 39 ;. You must run away from this employer, & # 39; wrote a Twitter user.
Of course, many who responded to Francesca's thread shared gifs with red flags, while some made comments about the legality of the questions asked to them.
Another replied: & # 39; TOTAL red flag. Do they ask the guys that? Does this mean that everyone in the company is single and has no children or elderly parents or health problems, or basically anything that, you know, forms a life with responsibilities outside the office … ??? & # 39;
& # 39; 100 percent none of their f ****** matters. I am married and my dedication does not differ from one person & # 39 ;, a Twitter user added.
And joking: & # 39; Tell them that you are single, but hoping that there are many men of wedding material in their company, especially the kind that wants a large family. Are there? How much? Can he send photos before considering the position? & # 39;
Others shared their own stories about employers' prejudices based on their personal lives.
In response to Francesca's tweet, other women shared their own stories about employers' prejudices based on their personal lives
A Twitter user revealed: & # 39; Huge red flag. I didn't get a job because I was engaged. The other candidate was not and & # 39; would not be distracted by external obligations & # 39 ;. AKA – could become pregnant. I am not planning a family, but I am now asking for parental leave before taking up a job – the answer is significant. & # 39;
Another wrote: & # 39; Huge red flag. Run while you still can. I once asked a potential employer if I was planning to start a family in the coming years because they didn't want to take the trouble to find maternity coverage & # 39 ;. Needless to say I got it out of it … & # 39 ;.
And one added: “Apparently, I have to drop off my engagement ring for interviews because women in long-term relationships are seen as more likely to leave the company to have children, maternity leave, or re-hire. It is real, but still a huge red flag. & # 39;
UK law prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants because of & # 39; protected features & quot ;, such as race, age, disability, being married or in a social partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave and sexual orientation, according to the Equality Act 2010.
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